CALL TO PRAYER
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.
1 John 5:4
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
1 Peter 5:8
Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.
1 John 5:5
For no word from God will ever fail.
You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
1 John 4:4
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
Dear Prayer Partners,
We know that we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers in high places, and that this is our time to diligently pursue God’s plans and purposes, asking Him to guide us in prayer for our Nation. The Father knows what stage the world is up to in His Eternal Plan and it is the Holy Spirit who can lead, counsel and guide us into releasing God’s words and actions for this time.
The Lord recalled to me a lesson I learnt from Him many years ago, when I had spent about 2 hours talking to Him regarding a situation which had significant spiritual components requiring defeat. After the 2 hours, He spoke to me and said : “why don’t you pray?” This strongly surprised me, and I replied: “but I have been praying, talking to You for 2 hours”. He responded: “ you haven’t asked Me to do anything”. I could feel my spiritual eyes and ears open immediately and realised that all I had done was describe what the Holy Spirit had revealed to me regarding the situation, basically giving suggestions on how to solve it ! So I confessed my sin of pride and leaning on my own understanding, repented and asked the Holy Spirit to show me what to ask God to do according to His Will and to give me the Grace to cooperate. I am forever grateful for that lesson.
In consideration of present world and national events, I believe that God is calling Australia and America to stand with Him in the days ahead and be led to cooperate with His plans. This will mean that His chosen people need to be leaders, especially in Government. Since we know that we walk in Light and are overcomers – because Jesus Christ is The Light who has overcome the world and He shines through us into the darkness – we know that in Jesus Christ and through prayer we can ask that God’s Kingdom come and that His Will be done, just as it has already been done in heaven. We can ask for God’s grace to let His two-edged sword, dividing between bone and marrow, operate through us so that God’s Kingdom is established and so that all those who are being called will be drawn to the Father through Jesus Christ.
We desire that Jesus be given all the glory, for He has overcome the world and has given to us the same power and victory.
The findings of the McCrindle Report, Australia’s leading social researchers commissioned by CDP to carry out research on our behalf, are summarised below by Rev Dr Ross Clifford. Since the findings reveal community needs and Policies prioritised by NSW Christians and CDP Constituents, they are helpful for CDP strategies and policies in the upcoming 2016 Federal Election. Please pray that these policies will resound in the hearts and minds of ordinary Australians, particularly Christians.
“Policies for 2016 include:
- Yes to One Law for all
- Yes to traditional marriage, no to same-sex marriage (93% of CDP constituents affirm this positively)
- Yes to constructive mining, no to coal seam gas on prime agricultural land.
- Yes to protecting the Australian ownership of prime agricultural land, no to selling off our land to foreign interests.
- Yes to gambling reform that protects families and those who suffer with a gambling addiction. ie maximum bets of $1 on poker machines as well as cutting the jackpots paid out on machines.
The McCrindle Report encourages us to prioritise these other issues:
- Yes to hospitals, i.e. acceptable funding and waiting lists.
- Yes to education – ensuring the protection of TAFE, funding and freedom for Christian schools, equal access to funding for Christian tertiary providers and their students.
- Yes to national safety and security.
- Yes to the development of infrastructure (as Fred and Paul have provided in NSW through Poles and Wires etc.).
During 2015 we started, based on the report from Resolve, the process of restructure. We have a new Director and key staff. In 2016 we will ask how do we achieve our ministry together as a party more effectively. We have been blessed with the McCrindle Report. We have a strong and effective presence in Parliament. We are the only conservative option that unapologetically declares we stand for our Judeo-Christian foundation. Our calling is from the Lord – Matthew 5:13-16: “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavour, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and tramped under foot by men. You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good words and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” The best is yet to come! “
The Christian Democratic Party is investing heavily to strengthen its presence in NSW and to simultaneously rebuild interstate. The CDP will require dedicated and committed volunteers and members to help achieve its goals. It is crucial that the CDP has strong branches created interstate prior to the upcoming Federal Election, so that the party is well positioned to win Senate and possibly Lower House seats in all States and Territories. Please pray:
- for God’s favour, power, wisdom , strength and blessing to be upon CDP as it pursues its desire to bring God’s Will into Australia.
- that each candidate and supporter of CDP may walk in the knowledge that God’s Grace is Sufficient.
SO THEN, LET US PROCLAIM: GRACE, GRACE TO THE MOUNTAINS !!!